Sister Helen Prejean Speaks at the Motherhouse


Sister Helen Prejean, CSJ speaks to a a full house in the motherhouse dining room.

On February 7, more than 150 people came to the motherhouse in South St. Louis for prayer, coffee and conversation with Sister Helen Prejean, CSJ, becoming part of her mission to spark national dialogue on the death penalty and to help shape the Catholic Church’s newly vigorous opposition to state executions.

Sister Helen is best known for Dead Man Walking, her story of journeying with death row inmate Patrick Sonnier. The book became a well-known movie, an opera and a play for high schools and colleges.  (That evening, Sister Helen attended such a performance at St. Joseph’s Academy High School, a school sponsored by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet.)

Sister Helen, a self-proclaimed storyteller, shares her message of dignity for all by sharing her experiences from New Orleans to death row to the Vatican and inviting people to reflect upon them.

She explores culture, race and poverty as the core issues that lead to the injustice of the death penalty and looks to the Gospel as the path to wholeness for the victims, their families, our society and the perpetrators.

"The death penalty is not about people who do terrible things - it's about us. It's about what our response is going to be."


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